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Dance to the Music of Time: 3rd Movement - The Valley of Bones, The Soldiers Art, The Military Philosophers
     

Dance to the Music of Time: 3rd Movement - The Valley of Bones, The Soldiers Art, The Military Philosophers

by Anthony Powell
 

Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex,

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Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art. In the second volume they move to London in a whirl of marriage and adulteries, fashions and frivolities, personal triumphs and failures. These books "provide an unsurpassed picture, at once gay and melancholy, of social and artistic life in Britain between the wars" (Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.). The third volume follows Nick into army life and evokes London during the blitz. In the climactic final volume, England has won the war and must now count the losses.
In this third volume of A Dance to the Music of Time, we again meet Widmerpool, doggedly rising in rank; Jenkins, shifted from one dismal army post to another; Stringham, heroically emerging from alcoholism; Templer, still on his eternal sexual quest. Here, too, we are introduced to Pamela Flitton, one of the most beautiful and dangerous women in modern fiction. Wickedly barbed in its wit, uncanny in its seismographic recording of human emotions and social currents, this saga stands as an unsurpassed rendering of England's finest yet most costly hour.

Includes these novels:
The Valley of Bones
The Soldier's Art
The Military Philosophers

"Anthony Powell is the best living English novelist by far. His admirers are addicts, let us face it, held in thrall by a magician."—Chicago Tribune

"A book which creates a world and explores it in depth, which ponders changing relationships and values, which creates brilliantly living and diverse characters and then watches them grow and change in their milieu. . . . Powell's world is as large and as complex as Proust's."—Elizabeth Janeway, New York Times

"One of the most important works of fiction since the Second World War. . . . The novel looked, as it began, something like a comedy of manners; then, for a while, like a tragedy of manners; now like a vastly entertaining, deeply melancholy, yet somehow courageous statement about human experience."—Naomi Bliven, New Yorker

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Powell's epic of 20th-century England is actually composed of 12 novels divided into four "movements," although they can be read individually as separate works. The novels were originally published from the 1950s through the 1970s.
C. David Benson
The most sophisticated chronicle of modern life we have. -- New Republic
Elizabeth Janeway
A book which creates a world and explores it in depth, which ponders challenging relationships and values, which creates brilliantly living and diverse characters and then watches them grow and change in their milieu. . . .Powell's world is as large and complex as Proust's. -- The New York Times
Arthur Schlesinger
"A series of intertwining stories, in mood at once hilarious, raffish and melancholy....The reader who likes to watch history unfold as social comedy while he savors the astringent of the best English prose is urged to immerse himself in the works and this astute and enchanting writing."
--Life Magazine
Bernard Bergonzi
"A comic masterpiece, and a major achievement in post-war English fiction."
--The Guardian
Elizabeth Janeway
"A book which creates a world and explores it in depth, which creates brilliantly living and diverse characters and then watches them grow and change.....Powel's world is as large and complex as Proust's."
--New York Times
Naomi Bliven
"One of the most important works of fiction since the second world war....a vastly entertaining, deeply melancholy, yet somehow courageous statement about human experience."
--The New Yorker
Christopher Porterfield
"The way in which Powell invests the whole of the book with parallels, variations and ironic reversals of this legend is wonderously rich and subtle."
--Time

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226677170
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/1995
Series:
Dance to the Music of Time Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
736
Sales rank:
276,948
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.70(d)

What People are Saying About This

Evelyn Waugh
Dry, cool, humorous, elaborately and accurately constructed and quintessentially English. It is more realistic than A La Recherche du Temps Perdu, to which it is often compared, and much funnier.
Kingsley Amis
A great chronicle...absolutely fascinating and the most important fiction since the war....I would rather read Powell than any English novelist now writing.

Meet the Author

Anthony Powell's work includes Miscellaneous Verdicts and Under Review, both available from the University of Chicago Press.

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